Moissanite vs Diamond a Fair Comparision
The following article will give a topic by topic comparison of moissanite and diamonds. Both are made from naturally recurring minerals. The diamond is made from carbon and the moissanite is made from silicon carbide. Silicon carbide is an extremely natural recurring mineral where carbon is a little more common in nature. They are extremely different in their organic composition. Yet moissanite generally is cheaper in price than diamonds are. But don’t be fooled by this because a gemstone may be cheaper in price but this does not mean it has more or less value than a gemstone that may be double the price.
First, in the price comparison diamonds are priced on four characteristics cut which measures the brilliance and beauty of the diamond and it does not involve the shape of the diamond such as oval shape for example. It also involves the symmetry and the proportion of the diamond cut. It also affects the beauty and the brilliance of the diamond. A well cut diamond will reflect brilliant white light back to the human eye. A diamond that is poorly cut will reflect very little light and will be dull. Diamonds are priced on the quality of their cut. The cheaper the cut the lower the price of the diamond.
Clarity is another characteristic of how the diamond is priced. The clearer the intrinsic diamond is the more valuable it is and the higher price it will be. If it has a slight yellow color tint to it then it is a poorer quality diamond and will cost less. The central point of clarity is if there is an inclusion—is a natural birthmark in the diamond-- in the diamond or not. Where the inclusion is located will affect the clarity of the diamond. If the diamond has a blemish it is not considered an inclusion.
For example if the inclusion is in the center of the diamond then the diamond is undesirable and if the inclusion is off to the side then it may be able to be covered with the setting then the diamond will have a better clarity. There are other factors that define the clarity of the diamond.
Color is a big factor in the pricing of a diamond. If the diamond has a distinct color—pink, blue, or red then it is considered a prized diamond. These are diamonds especially colored to reflect a very valuable diamond. They will be very expensive but as was mentioned before if the diamond has a yellow tint in it this would be considered a poor quality diamond. Remember that a colorless diamond is considered the most valuable diamond in existence.
Carat-means— fruit of the carob tree—in ancient times the seeds of the carob were used as weights of measurements. The carat of the diamond is the weight and the heavier the diamond the more it will cost.
Moissanite is not priced like diamonds at all they are priced basically the same unless the stones are a different size or are made of enhanced or unenhanced materials. The enhanced will cost more than the unenhanced. But just because moissanite is generally priced lower than diamonds they are not any less valuable than diamonds are.
Diamonds are graded on a color scale—GIA Color Scale—but moissanite is not graded by color but they will reflect color nevertheless. They are not colorless and they do fall in the K scale of the GIA scale. This category says the stone will have a faint tint to it. So, moissanite will reflect a faint color tint. Historically, moissanite have been made artificially to be colorless this giving the impression they are highly valuable as a colorless diamond.
They were slightly more colorless but they were not completely void of color because of technological limitations of making moissanite.
Moissanite are graded on their blemishes or inclusions as diamonds are. Like diamonds moissanite will have imperfections in their structure that will be caught under magnification. Usually they will not be seen by the human eye. Their clarity will affect how much they cost. As diamonds will be priced on their grade of clarity. Both moissanite and diamonds will be priced on how clear they are. The fewer blemishes or inclusions either will have the higher priced they will be. If either has no defects or they can be hidden then the value of either will go up.
You need to know that unlike diamonds that are graded on clarity by the GIA moissanite is not graded by the GIA. They are individually graded by the manufacturer who made the moissanite. So, the clarity grading of moissanite will be more subjective than the clarity grading of moissanite. This could mean that moissanite may not be graded on a universal scale as diamonds are. The grading may not be as objective.
Both moissanite and diamonds are made of several types of cuts such as oval, round, pear, princess, and radiant cut. Note that moissanite are cut in antique cuts that diamonds were cut in hundreds of years ago. Here the comparison is fairly equal because both moissanite and diamonds are cut into several styles making both very valuable. It depends on what type of cut the customer prefers.
Today a very popular cut for moissanite is known as the round brilliant cut. This cut is popular because it has such observable brilliance which will reflect the most color back to the human eye. The stone will sparkle if it is exposed to direct light. It also has brilliance and fire.
Another feature of the round brilliant cut is that it will hide color because the way it is cut. It will appear colorless and this really appeals to people these days. The cut is so versatile it will look good in rings and many other types of jewelry.
Patent history of moissanite
At the expiration of Charles & Colvard’s patent for moissanite in 2015, a new hope was raised for our company. Of course, the expectation to have new moissanite ring brands come into the market was not cut short — it happened just as our company hoped.
Wholesale Moissanite is another entrant. Stationed at North Carolina and owned by Guy Stimpson, just like C&C, the company now sells products made overseas,under the brand name NEO.
Stimpson’s goal was to raise the stakes for the business. He expects entrants to improve the quality of Moissanite, drop prices, and increase awareness at the same time.
Most jewelers never knew about moissanite. Stimpson believes the product is for everyone— both the guy in the ice cream store and on the floor of the stock exchange. He calls it a $100 million market.
In all, there’s a massive change going on. The moissanite market is going through a major shift structurally. Different companies are coming in with different names. The product is now in its best cut, at a much lower price, and affordable to everyone.
Why is moissanite better than a diamond and cubic zirconia (CZ) or sapphire?
A lot of us prefer diamonds, especially for engagement rings. This may be due to its classic look. But most times, prices are not as desirable as looks. With the high cost of getting a diamond ring, we cannot help but go for something cheaper.
A diamond simulant will give you the diamond look at a cheaper price. Though it appears so much like a diamond, it differs from it in every other regard.
The most popular diamond simulants on the market today are the lab-created cubic zirconia (CZ) and moissanite, but the moissanite is better. Now, you might be wondering why. Keep scrolling. You'll soon find out.
Diamonds rank highest on the Mohs scale, and this is what makes them the hardest gemstone. Following closely after is Moissanite. With a ranking of 9.25 on the scale, it is the second hardest gemstone used in jewelry.
Moissanite is an extremely hard stone. Moissanite rings are highly resistant to damages and scratches, and are perfect for everyday wear. Compared to diamonds, they resist heat even better. Even if you leave them in a fire, they never lose their sparkle and form.
Cubic zirconia, on the other hand, ranks at 8 to 8.5. It is also a hard stone and good for everyday wear. But when it comes to toughness, Moissanites are way better. With a toughness rating of 7.6 PSI and a ranking of 9.25, moissanites are much tougher than CZ, and harder by 1.25 points.
- Reaction to dirt
Moissanites resist dirt better than CZ. Things like household detergents, body oils, and dust make CZ cloud over quickly. And in just minutes, the sparkle is lost. You may need to frequently reclean it to maintain its sparkle.
Of the three products (diamond, moissanite, and cubic zirconia), CZ is the most affordable. A carat of top quality moissanite can cost as high as $400, while a CZ of about the same size goes for just $20 to $40. However, Cubic Zirconia is usually without worth and any resale value.
- Light Performance
The level of brilliance of moissanite is quite high. They have a more excellent light performance than both diamonds and cubic zirconia (which is one more reason why they are preferred in engagement rings).
Real Life Reviews
From its dazzling beauty to its amazing sparkle, customers have a whole lot to say about theirs moissanite rings. In case you're still in doubt, we've put together a couple of reviews from real-life customers who have used the product and found it incredibly perfect. Check them out in our FB inner group!
DovEggs own a 12k members inner group on facebook for customer support and also gathering honest feedbacks from customers, customers support each other in the procedure of making purchase and custom procedure. There are over 50 posts of customer feedback everyday.
In all, quality is our standard, as are prices that are quite affordable. Gemstones are generally priced according to the pricing strategies guiding international brands. Therefore, the prices vary from company to company, but we choose to be affordable for all women and keep luxury quality standard.
We have an after-sale service you can rely on anytime, any day. Your fine jewelry is made to look as clean and attractive as when you first bought it.
What is even more stunning is the product’s extension of a 30-day refund policy. By this, you can return your purchase within 30 days for a complete refund, if you're not satisfied with it.
Conclusion: The article has covered a few key features of comparison between moissanite and diamonds. But keep in mind there are other factors to compare between the two when a person is considering purchasing moissanite or a diamond.